11/08/2017 - 08:56

The diversity of Can Tho cuisines

Can Tho cuisines are increasingly showing their diversity, by not only preserving local specialties of the Southwestern region but also interacting with culinary cultures of other countries like South Korea, Japan and Thailand. That brings exciting experiences to visitors coming to Can Tho, the land well known for "white rice and pure water".

 Characteristics of the land of water

According to many visitors, Can Tho cuisines are the crystallization of local specialties in the Mekong Delta. Although dishes here are processed in a unique way, they all share one thing in common, that is the culinary culture of the land of water. The local specialties of Can Tho have different tastes, and they all attract travelers.

In Can Tho, Le Lai Street (Ninh Kieu District) is famous for offering food at very low prices. Especially, “bánh bèo” (small steamed savory rice cake) has become a popular brand name for over 20 years.

In addition to “bánh bèo”, there are many other cakes such as “bánh mặn” (salted cake), banana cakes, spring rolls, “bún bì” (rice noodles with shredded pork skin) etc. All dishes are selling at affordable prices from 4,000-15,000 VND per dish.

Customers enjoying Thai food at Pattaya Taste Restaurant. Photo: Kieu Mai

Also keeping culinary typical feature of the land of water, “Hồi Đó”, a small eatery on Tran Binh Trong Street, serves both traditional cakes and traditional meals in the South of Vietnam such as fish cooked with fish sauce, sour soup, mixed vegetable soup, boiled vegetables, grilled green eggplant ect. There are about 30 dishes at this restaurant. All have rustic and simple styles, helping visitors immerse themselves in the culinary culture of the Mekong Delta.

Multicolored cuisines

Can Tho is considered as the "capital", the economic and cultural center of the Mekong Delta, so it is also a place of interaction between many different culinary cultures around the world. Restaurants serving Japanese and South Korean food (such as spicy noodles, conveyor hot pot, sushi, kimbap, tteokbokki, bibimbam etc) have been mushrooming over the past 2 years. To enjoy these dishes, visitors can stop by Kichi kichi or King BBQ at Hung Vuong Vincom or some restaurants on Ly Tu Trong Street, Le Lai Street, 30/4 Street.

With South Korean style, Omega 3-6-9 restaurant on Mac Dinh Chi Street serves spicy noodles and conveyor hot pot. Compared to Kichi kichi conveyor hot pot, the price here is cheaper with only 149.000 VND/person, while food ingredients are quite plentiful.

If you do not like South Korean spicy food, you can enjoy Singaporean frog porridge on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street or Dinh Tien Hoang Street. The unique feature of this dish is its recipe and taste which is a Singapore- style mixture of salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, Mai Que Lo wine and Kung Pao (a Chinese flavor sauce).

Recently, Can Tho has a new restaurant - Pattaya Taste Restaurant on Mau Than Street where Thai dishes such as pandan- wrapped chicken, baked pineapple fried rice, Tom Yum hot pot and Som Tam (green papaya salad) are served.

Can Tho cuisines are not only diverse and creative in using several kinds of ingredients to make delicious dishes, but also closely connected to other culinary cultures. This inevitably makes Can Tho more atractive to tourists.

Ai Lam (Translated by Thai Thanh)